THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 851, December 13, 2015
It is time to finish the American Revolution
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
"If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun."
There were flags flying at half staff today. Just about 7,115 persons die in the United States each and every day, based on the 2013 stats, if you are willing to believe the Centers for Disease Control, and if you are willing to believe that the United States government is inclined to correctly count the entire population, is actually capable of doing so, and isn't lying about what numbers it finds out. A few days ago, 14 people died when they were attacked and shot by at least two criminals in San Bernardino, California, at a hospital. According to a notification site on the topic, the half-staff flags are meant to honour those particular 14 folks. A news site confirms that President Obama has ordered this flag display.
Yes, actually, I am thinking that the other 7,101 persons who probably died the same day as the 14 in San Bernardino are getting a raw deal from the government on this one. Their deaths don't matter. Moreover, today being the 7th of December, I was briefly inflicted with the thought that the thousands who died on this day in 1941, especially at Pearl Harbour, because of the deceit and perfidy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and those in the government of the Empire of Japan he had manoeuvred into the attacks on that day of infamy. But, no, history is not for "the young American." Nope, flags are flying at half staff because some people in California spending time unarmed in a hospital were gunned down by people who were willing to break a large number of laws, including laws against murder.
There's always a great deal of irony being emitted by Washington, DC. And it seems exceptionally ironic that people who were killed by the error of going into a gun-free zone and not carrying essential tools for self-defence, who were killed by criminals willing to break laws, are being honoured by the flying of a flag that, since at least the 1840s has symbolised aggressive war, violent conquest, the destruction of liberty, and mass murder, at the order of the president, the head mass murderer in charge.
People on the government's official enemies list now number in the millions. Probably, right around seventeen million, but it is hard to be sure. It is hard to be sure because the lists are classified. It is hard to know if you are on one of the lists of undesirables who must be screwed by the federal government's political machinery (chicanery) because you aren't entitled to know.
Now, I know that you, as a loyal reader of The Libertarian Enterprise have read the constitution for the United States. You've also read, and very likely memorised in whole or in part, the Bill of Rights to that constitution. So you probably know that the rights enumerated in that constitution, including the right to keep and bear arms, are reserved to the people. The people includes all of the people, not just the ones that Barack Obama doesn't want to pretend are hobgoblins. The people who have the right to keep and bear arms are: all of the people.
Not just the ones with birthright citizenship. Not just the ones with green cards. Not just the ones who aren't on some list. Not only the registered voters. Everyone. "The people." "The right of the people..." means the right of every man, woman, and child. If you can establish that the subject is a person, that person has the rights, including the non-enumerated rights reserved in the Ninth Amendment. Yes, even the fundamentalist believers in religions that call for the slaughter of people of other religions (and you should probably take a good close look at which ones, and how many, religions are of that sort), get to keep and bear arms. Get to, in point of fact, buy guns.
The lists are unconstitutional. The lists include the names of people who have never committed any crime. The lists include the names of people who have been put on the lists because they said something that somebody in government didn't like, and for no other reason. The lists, in short, do not protect freedom, nor security, but are a tool of oppression. You cannot find out if you are on any of the lists, even by being refused a job (there is a "do not hire" list) or by being refused a seat on an airplane (the "do not fly" list) because nobody is allowed to tell you why you are being refused. You aren't entitled to know whether you are on a list, you aren't allowed any process—due process of law, remember? It is one of those rights in the body of the constitution, as well as in the amendments—to remove yourself from the list, to protest.
The obvious, clear, and inevitable result of a government that makes lists of its dissidents is death camps. It is a frequent thing in history. Americans should be very familiar with this idea, since they have used death camps to eliminate people who were unwanted or inconvenient, going back into the early 19th Century. You may view "Indian reservations" as something other than camps where undesired persons were sent to die, but I can assure you that is exactly what they were.
Nor is it a situation confined to the 19th Century. In 1941, the Census bureau supplied information on where Japanese Americans could be found, they were rounded up, and they were put in camps. Estimates vary, but I believe on the order of 10,000 persons died in those camps. Do you think that if Japanese troops had made a beach-head on the Mainland United States that the government would have hesitated even briefly to slaughter every Japanese American in custody? I don't.
Barack Obama is a mass murderer. He has sent drones overseas to kill a great many people by remote control. He has sent troops into countries without bothering to get a Congressional declaration of war. And he very clearly wants Americans to be disarmed, quiet, obedient, and productive of the taxes that he and the rest of the oligarchy crave. He is entirely willing to have Americans butchered by drone pilots, by police officers, or by anyone else, as long as he can continue to run the government.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to arm yourself, speak up, be disobedient, and refuse to put even one cent more into the hands of Obama's cronies than you absolutely must. If you want to use privacy technologies to protect yourself, I think that would be a good idea. If you want to buy body armour, guns, rocket propelled grenades, and other tools of defensive force, I think you are wise to want to do so. And if some of the things you choose to do prove to be illegal, I think you should ask yourself whether you have any moral obligation to obey laws when the government is unjust and when the laws are unjust, or either.
If you are trying to fix the United States government before it puts everyone I know into death camps, good for you. I don't think you'll get the job done, in time, but I admire lost causes. If you are voting for reform candidates, or any candidates, I don't think you are doing the right thing, but you may like to do something, even if it won't change much.
If you want my advice, you need more freedom. You need good tools for defending yourself, your home, your family, your property, your information, your privacy, your anonymity. You need to know how to use those tools, and you need to use them often.
People sometimes ask me if I think I'll get to travel to the Moon, or Mars, or the asteroids. I believe I will. I'm also quite confident that it won't be because NASA let me fly on one of their pro-fascism space transportation systems. Or do they still pretend that public- private partnerships aren't fascism? Of course, I may need to live a few hundred years to get out there, so I do take my vitamins.
You see, I'm enormously optimistic. All the problems you see around you, and there are a great many, all of them are created by human choices. Prosperity, opportunity, plentiful resources, peace, freedom, justice—all these things are available. All you have to do to have them is make choices consistent with those results, all the time. All the rest of the world has to do to have them is the same: choose consistently to have those results, all the time.
Human beings made most of the problems we face. We've already figured out how to overcome nearly everything the natural world can throw at us—so much so that there are now over 7 billion of us (again, if you trust those who claim to be counting the people). People have crossed oceans, plumbed the deepest trench in the ocean, climbed the highest peaks on every continent, skydived from the edge of space, flown to the Moon, sent spacecraft to every major planetary body in the Solar System and even sent spacecraft beyond the heliopause.
If someone has made a lock, someone else has figured out how to pick that lock. If someone has built a death camp, someone has figured out how to tunnel out of it. Political and economic problems, the ones that people talk about and fret about and drive themselves crazy about, much of the time—those are all things that people make and choose. If you don't like the way things are in politics or in economics, take some new choices. Choose a new form of money. Go find work that pays you in the money of your choice. Opt out of the system that oppresses you. Find people who you want to hang out with, and do so.
You don't have to put up with what the government, any government, says. Which is a monumentally good thing, because so many governments say really horrid wretched things.
The future will be what you choose to create, and what others choose to create. Even if you happen to be on the enemies list right now.
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